Fall is in full swing and the days are getting noticeably shorter here in Denmark. We’ve been trying to fill our days with more outdoor adventures before the sun starts setting before 4 PM. Eeekkk!
So we’ve been fairly mellow the last couple of weeks just trying to soak in some sun.
We have five apple trees on our rental property. I know five apple trees sounds like a lot but we waited too long to pick one tree and most of its apples were on the ground; mushy. The other trees didn’t produce much so we only came up with about 30 lbs or so of apples.
I was able to make around 11 quarts of applesauce, 24 apples muffins, gluten free apple cake (US version) and æblekage (apple cake: Danish version). Æblekage is more of a trifle dessert that requires no baking. Basically, you cook some peeled apples down to applesauce type consistency. Next, make a type of crumble/crisp mixture. I used gluten free breadcrumbs, sugar and butter.
After it all has cooled a bit, it’s time to layer! Apples, crumble, whipped cream and repeat.
Very simple to make (and delicious to eat).
To get more sun, we also spent a day at a botanical garden in Kolding, Geografisk Have. Its rose garden is rated one of the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately when we went, all the roses were long past bloom.
However, some other flower were blooming so I was able to see some other beautiful blooms. The garden was also busy with worker bees and the girls were able to learn about pollinators and pollinator hotels from a gardener. Claire now wants to build one.
The garden also had a complex hiking trail through different vegetation that originates not just in Europe but Asia and the Americas.
It also had little book nooks with books for children and adults (most in Danish, of course), a few playgrounds, a mini town, petting zoo and pony rides. A great way to get out and enjoy some sunshine!
We’ve also enjoyed a few hikes around our area. I think it’s worth noting that even though we are separated by an ocean, rural Iowa and rural Denmark look a lot alike. Judge for yourself:
The girls really enjoy hiking and geocaching. Don’t know what geocaching is? It’s basically a scavenger hunt out in nature almost anywhere in the world. It is a free app but if you pay, you’ll see more geocaches. You just need a cell phone signal, GPS locator on, bug spray and good hiking shoes. We’ve had a ball finding different geocaches and marking “Found” on the app.
As you can see, Claire absolutely loves it.
Avery is still on the fence about it.
Oh and one more BIG thing happened! We celebrated Claire’s birthday!
In Denmark, birthdays are a BIG deal. The Danish flag is typically flown at your household to signify an important day. Claire was serenaded in class with the Danish version of Happy Birthday, they all gave her cards and she provided donuts to her classmates.
Her gifts included geodes and some books. She also got to go on a very special trip. Those details coming in another post very soon…stay tuned!